Representing the Business and Industry Association (BIA), Brad Cook and Wendell Jesseman addressed the State Board at its monthly meeting on August 13, 2008. They discussed ways that the BIA and State Board could work together to ensure that all of our students graduate from high school and those graduates are better prepared for their next steps in life.
John Lyons, Chairman of the State Board stated, "One focus of the Board is to help local districts develop a more personalized approach to education so that our kids learn more. Each student deserves personalized learning strategies and assessment so that unique talents can flourish."
One topic of discussion was extended learning opportunities (ELO) as an avenue to give school systems a way to assess student learning more comprehensively. New Hampshire's Minimum Standards for School Approval allows schools to grant credit towards graduation for learning outside the traditional classroom. ELOs expand the options of the traditional high school classroom. Students of all abilities will have the option to learn in rigorous and relevant real-world settings and gain high school credit for that learning, based on demonstrated mastery of pre-determined course-level competencies.
The State Board will continue to look at ways to involve the BIA in supporting the education of our youth, especially in the area of extended learning opportunities.